The Last Time
Composer: Mick Jagger / Keith Richards

The Last Time was performed for the first time by Grateful Dead in February 1990. It was performed for the last time at the end of June 1995. It was a regular part of the repertoire between these dates being performed in total 70 times.

The song was also played by The Dead, Furthur, Dead & Company, Ratdog, Phil Lesh & Friends, Weir & The Waybacks, the New Riders Of The Purple Sage and by Phil Lesh sitting in with the David Nelson Band.

The Last Time was the Stones first self-written hit record. It was first recorded by them at the RCA Studios Hollywood in January/February 1965 and released shortly afterwards on a single. The song topped the pop charts in the UK but not in the US.

The Last Time was possibly inspired by the Staple Singers recording from 1954, This May Be The Last Time.

The Andrew Oldham Orchestra version of Last Time was sampled by UK group The Verve on their 90's hit song Bitter Sweet Symphony.

Rolling Stones

no info Single (The Last Time / Play With Fire), 1965
info Out Of Our Heads (US), 1965
info Big Hits (High Tide and Green Grass), 1966
no info Got Live If You Want It, 1966
no info Stone Age, 1971
info More Hot Rocks (Big Hits & Fazed Cookies), 1972
no info Rolled Gold, 1975
no info Get Stoned, 1977
no info Singles Collection, 1980
no info Story Of The Stones, 1982
no info The Rolling Stones Singles Collection: The London Years, 1989
no info No Security, 1998
info Forty Licks, 2002
info Singles 1963-1965, Rolling Stones, 2004
no info Rolled Gold+: The Very Best of the Rolling Stones, 2007
info The Rolling Stones 1964-1969, The Rolling Stones, 2010

Other recordings

info The Rolling Stones Songbook, The Andrew Oldham Orchestra, 1966
no info Direct Hits, The Who, 1968
no info Group Called Smith, Smith, 1969
info The Age Of Atlantic, Various Artists (Dada), 1970
no info Piper, Piper, 1976
no info Sleeper Wherever I Fall, Bobby Bare, 1978
no info Rarities, Vol. 1- 1966-1968, The Who, 1983
no info Live and Well, Chelsea, 1984
no info Beyond the Mist, Robin Trower, 1985
no info Two's Missing, The Who, 1987
no info Final Damnation, The Damned, 1988
info Stoned Again: A Tribute To The Rolling Stones, Various Artists (3 Imaginary Boys), 1988
no info Live, The Damned, 1991
info Jagger/Richards Songbook, Various Artists (The Who), 1991
info Psychotic Reunion Live!, The Count Five, 1993

no info Rarities 1966-1972, Vol. 1-2, The Who, 1994
info 30 Years of Maximum R&B, The Who, 1994
no info Texas Garage Bands, Vol. 1, Various Artists (The Intruders), 1994
no info Michigan Garage Bands, Vol. 1, Various Artists (The Questors), 1994
no info Midnight at St. Jude's, Various Artists, 1994
no info Speaking Of..., The Tempos, 1995
no info House Party 1964-'66: Rockin' Sounds from Boston's South Shore, The Bourbons, 1996
no info King Dollar, Paul Black & The Flip Kings, 1996
no info House Party 1964-'66: Rockin' Sounds from Boston's South Shore, The Bourbons, 1996
no info Mercy, Mercy, The Comets, 1997
no info Under the Covers, Dwight Yoakam, 1997
no info On Second Thought, Josť Feliciano, 1997
no info Selection of Jose Feliciano, Josť Feliciano, 1997
info Stone Country: Country Artists Perform The Songs Of The Rolling Stones, Various Artists (The Tractors), 1997
info Pop Pie, Various Artists (Chin Ho!), 1997
no info Plays the Rolling Stones, Innovations, 1998
no info Born to Kill, The Damned, 1998
no info Lonesomers, Marc Winningham, 1998
no info Green Crystal Ties, Vol. 10: 60's Garage Band Flashback, Various Artists, 1998
no info Amor de Mi Vida: Masterpieces, Josť Feliciano, 1998
no info 100% Pure Bollocks: The Unacceptable Stench of Bullshit, Various Artists (Chelsea), 1998
no info Phil & The Frantics, Phil & the Frantics, 1999
no info As Years Go By, Various Artists (Catch 23), 1999
no info The Very Best of Jose Feliciano, Josť Feliciano, 1999
no info Que Sera, Josť Feliciano, 1999
no info The Greatest Punk Album of All Time, Various Artists (Chelsea), 1999
no info Gold Collection, Josť Feliciano, 2000
no info Dada, Dada, 2000
no info Teenage Shutdown: She's a Pest!, Various Artists (The Sceptres), 2000
info The Walflower Complextion/When I'm Far from You, The Walflower Complextion, 2000
no info Absolutely the Best, Josť Feliciano, 2000
no info Millennium Collection, Josť Feliciano, 2000
no info Do The 81 & Other Soul, Candy and the Kisses, 2001
no info London 1888, Pharaohs, 2001
no info Psyclops Carnival, Torment, 2001
no info The Very Best of Torment, Torment, 2001
no info Legendary Jose Feliciano, Vol. 2, Josť Feliciano, 2001
no info High Towers, Legends, 2001
no info Classical Rolling Stones, The Chamber Academy Ensemble, 2001
no info Light My Fire, Josť Feliciano, 2001
no info The Entire History of Punk, Various Artists (Chelsea), 2001
no info The Legends Collection, Josť Feliciano, 2002
no info Whiskey Store, Tab Benoit & Jimmy Thackery, 2002
no info The Last Time, John Farnham, 2002
no info Soon, Power 13, 2002
no info Love Love Love, Glass Candy, 2003
no info One Voice: Greatest Hits, John Farnham, 2003
info DSO Live: Mar 15, 2004, Winooski, VT, Dark Star Orchestra, 2004
no info At Granny's Pad, The Viceroys, 2004
no info The David Whitaker Songbook, 2004
no info All Wood and Stones, John Batdorf & James Lee Stanley, 2005
no info Light My Fire: His Greatest Hits, Josť Feliciano, 2005
no info Afirmation, Josť Feliciano, 2005
no info California Dreaming, Josť Feliciano, 2005
no info Stomping at the Klub Foot, Vol. 3,Various Artists (Torment), 2005
info Stoned Soundtrack, Various Artists (Band of Bees), 2005
info Wild Horses: A Rock and Roll Tribute to the Rolling Stones, Various Artists (Dwight Yoakam), 2005
info Volume 1, Billy Bragg, 2006
no info Noise Noise Noise: The Live Box, The Damned, 2006
no info An Introduction to Jose Feliciano, Josť Feliciano, 2006
no info High Heel Sneakers: His Greatest Hits, Jose Feliciano, 2006
no info In Line with Mr Jimmy, Uncle Ray, 2006
info Live New Year's Eve 2006, New Riders of the Purple Sage, 2007
no info Banggang, Roots66, 2007
no info Bare/Sleeper Wherever I Fall, Bobby Bare, 2008
no info Piper/Can't Wait, Piper, 2008
no info The Chelsea Smiles, The Chelsea Smiles, 2009


The Last Time was possibly inspired by the Staple Singers recording from 1954, This May Be The Last Time. Writing credits for this song are sometimes given as traditional, sometimes Staples, sometimes Joiner and sometimes a mix of traditional, Staples and/or Joiner. Recordings of this song can be heard on;

This May Be The Last Time
no info Staple Singers, 1954
no info Swing Low, Staple Singers, 1961
no info Pray On, Staple Singers, 1968
no info The Legendary Staple Singers, Staple Singers, 1978
no info 15th Annual Praise & Rededication Concert, Southeast Inspirational Choir, 1985
no info Oh Lord, Stand by Me/Marching up to Zion, Five Blind Boys Of Alabama, 1991
no info Oh Happy Day, Various Artists (Staple Singers), 1991
no info Peace to the Neighbourhood, Pops Staples, 1992
no info The Staple Singers at Their Best, Staple Singers, 1993
no info The Sermon, Five Blind Boys of Alabama, 1993
info Freedom Is a Constant Struggle (Songs of the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement), Various Artists (Bernice Reagon Johnson), 1994
no info I Can Do All Things, International Mass Choir, 1995
no info Uncloudy Day, Various Artists (Staple Singers), 1995
no info 20 Gospel Greats, Various Artists (Five Blind Boys of Alabama), 1995
no info Edge of Night, Mike Henderson, 1996
no info Let's Do It Again: Greatest Hits Live in Concert, Staple Singers, 1998
no info The Very Best of the Staple Singers, Vol. 2: On My Way to Heaven, Staple Singers, 1998
no info Young Artist for Christ, Various Artists, 1998
no info Good News (22 Gospel Greats), Various Artists, 19??
no info The Gospel According to the Staple Singers, Staple Singers, 2000
no info The Best of Vee-Jay Gospel, Vol. 4, Various Artists (Staple Singers), 2001
no info Glory of Black Gospel, Vol. 1, Various Artists (Staple Singers), 2001
no info Good News: The Collection, Staple Singers, 2001
no info Pray On, My Child, Staple Singers, 2002
info Satisfaction: Covers & Cookies of the Stones, Various Artists (Staple Singers), 2005
info Gospel Music, Various Artists (2 versions: Staple Singers / Five Blind Boys Of Alabama), 2006

Grateful Dead

info Spring 1990 (box set), 2012
info Spring 1990: So Glad You Made It, 2012
info 30 Trips Around The Sun Box Set, 2015

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